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No Temptation

1 Corinthians 10:13

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind.

profileFlip Wilson was a popular comedian who had his own variety TV show – The Flip Wilson Show – which aired from 1970 to 1974. Flip had a character – Geraldine Jones – who had a boyfriend named Killer. One of Geraldine’s famous lines – as she described something going on in her life with Killer – was the devil made me do it.

Although the devil is the tempter – the devil doesn’t make us do anything. In actuality – we sin because we choose to do so. We are tempted – but we decide to yield to the temptation.

Paul – in his letter to the Christians in Corinth – writes – 1 Corinthians 10:13 – No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

When tempted to sin – we should always look for the way out – the way to avoid the sin that is before us. God has promised to provide such a way. God has promised to be faithful – to not let us be tempted beyond what we can bear. When we sin – it is because we choose to do so. We need to keep our spiritual eyes open for the promised way out of each sinful situation we face. We can go and sin no more if we are in tune with God.

It is so easy to blame the devil – as Geraldine did on The Flip Wilson Show.  The devil doesn’t make us do anything.  We need to cling to God and to be in tune with God’s plan for our lives.  In drawing closer each day to God we will avoid many of the temptations that confront us.  Seeking His face and desiring His grace is the answer to resisting sin!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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May 19, 2014 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Personal | , , , , , , ,

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